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(BLT Steak; Photo courtesy of the restaurant)

Best steakhouses

The Washington Post Staff  |  Updated 07/03/2012

Even in spite of more restrictive ethics rules, Washington will probably always be known for its clubby, lobbyist-friendly steakhouses.

 

BLT Steak

Washington, DC

A party atmosphere prevails at this modern steakhouse where the introduction includes mitt-size popovers. And the steak should include silky jalapeno green mashed potatoes.

 

Charlie Palmer Steak

Washington, DC

The sleekest of steakhouses offers a tender aged New York strip and wine at just the right temperature.

 

Prime Rib

Washington, DC

A classic steakhouse that requires jackets for gentlemen and offers live music at lunch and dinner.

 

Ray's the Steaks

Arlington, VA

Ray's is an area cult-classic -- known as much for its finicky reservations policy as it is for its carefully aged, succulent steaks.

 

The Palm

Washington, DC

The city's movers and shakers come here to gather over crusty ribeyes and garlicky creamed spinach -- and no doubt admire themselves via the caricatures of VIPs on the wall.

 

J&G Steakhouse

Washington, DC

The initials belong to celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Book the right table, and you might catch sight of the Washington Monument.

 

Bourbon Steak

Washington, DC

Home to some of the most decadent rolls and a singular steak, this masculine dining room in the Four Seasons hotel also serves a stellar lobster pot pie.

 

Smith & Wollensky

Washington, DC

Carts bearing prime steaks, including dry-aged sirloins and bone-in ribeyes, criss-cross the floor of this downtown den of primal pleasure throughout lunch and dinner.

 

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